The app revolution is leaving no sphere of life untouched, not even the kitchen. With more devices featuring large and vivid touch screens, it doesn't take a genius to realize that a good tablet with the right apps can make for a handy digital cookbook, able to help home cooks and pro chefs discover and organize recipes, track shopping lists and organize menus and meal calendars. And with the holidays approaching, now's the time to find mouth-watering recipes to serve to family and friends. From recipe discovery apps and classic cookbooks, to personal recipe organizers, and mixed drinks guides, check out 20 of the best recipe apps for Android, iOS and Windows devices.
Learning to cook can be an intimidating experience, as you juggle ingredients and kitchen implements while keeping track of a recipe. Sidechef (Android, iOS) helps by delivering recipes with step-by-step instructions, complete with photos, videos and even voice instructions. Timers are built in so that you can follow along and keep your eyes and hands focused instead of a touch screen. In addition, Sidechef also delivers a rich serving of extra content in the form of search tools with filters based on ingredients, diet, or cuisine, featured recipes and more.
Rather than wading through a torrent of recipes to find that one golden nugget, Yummly (Android, iOS) takes into account your dietary restrictions and tastes to help you discover recipes that you might find interesting. The app shows you a selection of recipes to "Yumm" (another way of saying "like"). Once you've chosen five (and entered any dietary restrictions), Yummly uses this data to constantly refine a list of recipes to feature every time you open the app. You can save your favorite recipes, create instant shopping lists and even order their shopping lists for delivery through Instacart.
Kitchen Stories (Android, iOS) delivers various media-rich recipes filled with easy-to-follow instructions, videos and mouth-watering food photography, interspersed with a smattering of food and lifestyle articles. Presentation is king in Kitchen Stories, with recipes displayed in a tile interface showing off food images, as well as illustrated step-by-step recipes. You can save your favorite recipes, add notes to each recipe and create a shopping list of ingredients.
Chefsteps (Android, iOS) offers up a rich serving of recipes and tips and tricks. ChefSteps' articles and videos all have a nice, conversational style and cover a variety of topics, recipes and food hacks. Learn to sous vide, control grease flareups when grilling and cook perfect roast veggies. The app interface is pretty bare bones. A one-time purchase unlocks premium recipes and extra content.
Like Tinder for food recipes, Tender (Android, iOS) is an amusing iOS recipes app for quickly discovering and saving intriguing recipes all from the convenience of your smartphone. Users create a Tender account or sign up with Facebook, and the app presents you with images of a variety of meals sourced from different sites. Swipe right to save to your cookbook, swipe left to pass and go on to the next one. Users can filter recommendations by category, and the app learns to filter food recommendations by your choices. Users can then consult their cookbook for ingredients lists, as well as links to the original site that the recipe was taken from.
A partner app to the food advocacy film of the same name, Forks Over Knives (Android, iOS) espouses a "whole-food, plant-based" diet that avoids heavily processed foodstuffs. The app comes with more than 180 recipes designed around a healthy lifestyle that its proponents claim can stave off heart disease and diabetes. Each recipe is accompanied by high-res photography and detailed instructions, with a shopping mode that automatically tracks the ingredients you need.
Another option for people looking for good vegetarian recipe apps is Green Kitchen on iOS. Green Kitchen comes with 129 different recipes, complete with detailed photos, shopping lists of ingredients, and detailed instructions, along with estimated cook times, smart timers for each recipe and Apple Watch support. Users can AirPrint recipes as well as search for them with Siri integration. In addition to the app's built-in library of recipes, Green Kitchen also has more recipes available through in-app purchases.